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As mentioned in the previous section, with this update, two new years of data are provided: 2008 and 2009. However, data for the period 1997 to 2007 have also been revised. The purpose of this section is to outline and explain the main revisions to the data.

While jobs for the total economy have not changed over the period 1997 to 2007, jobs in tourism industries have been revised downward by 21,000 jobs in 2006 and downward by 54,000 jobs in 2007. Jobs were lowered mainly in the food and beverage services industries and to a lesser extent in the accommodation industries.

The downward revisions stem from changes in the Canadian Productivity Accounts (CPA), which in turn come from two main sources:1

  • The Canadian System of National Accounts 2005 final and 2006 preliminary Input-Output tables were published in December 2009. This explains the revisions to jobs in 2006.

  • T4 data for the year 2007 were incorporated, creating revisions to jobs of 2007.

Weekly hours per job, for both the total economy and the tourism sector, have not changed over the 1997 to 2007 period. Hourly compensation for the total economy was unchanged over the same period. However, hourly compensation in tourism industries is between 12 to 15 cents lower per hour over the same period compared to the last Human Resources Module (HRM). This stems from the change in the calculation of the labour portion of mixed income for the self- employed, mentioned earlier.


Note:

  1. See Statistics Canada 2009.
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